Cameroon is located on the Atlantic coast in equatorial Western Africa. The stability of Cameroon makes it a good location from which to translate the Bible, and to provide support services for translation teams in other countries. With both Francophone and Anglophone regions, not to mention some 250 local languages, the country is a vast ethnic and linguistic jigsaw. Cameroon is Africa's throbbing heart, sultry mosaic of active volcanoes, white-sand beaches, thick rainforest and magnificent parched landscapes broken up by the bizarre rock formations. Thank you for considering and being a part of Bible translation with the MAST process.
- It is easier to obtain a short term business visa than a tourist one. There are not as many documents required.
- You can obtain your with Visas with Travel Docs http://www.traveldocs.com/. They know all the ins and outs of dealing with the Cameroon Embassy.
- Passport with at least 6 months remaining before expiration.
- Attach 2 passport photos. If you plan an extended stay you may need more.
- Provide a copy of your return tickets.
- Travel with at least one 2x2 passport/visa photo.
- A letter of invitation addressed to the Embassy of Cameroon, Visa Section, Washington DC from the sponsoring organization including official stamp must be provided. See Local Contact.
- Your Wycliffe Associates Recruiter or Team Lead for MAST.
- Yellow Fever vaccination and yellow World Health Card are required. You must have this available for inspection on arrival in-country.
- Anti-malaria medication is also strongly recommended.
- Contact your health provider for other recommended vaccinations.
- Recommend that you carry medication for traveler's diarrhea and some electrolyte powder to avoid dehydration.
- If you have a weak stomach, it is good to bring Pepto Bismol tablets and take one before each meal.
- You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for Cameroon for the most up to date health information for travelling to Cameroon.
- For Men:
- Casual western shirts and slacks. Shorts and tank tops not recommended. Whites not recommended due to dusty dry season. Good walking shoes and sun hat. You will see some people dressed in shorts, etc. in capitol but we do not recommend this since we must be examples.
- For Women:
- National women in the capitol are becoming more western in dress but this is not considered a good idea in the communities we encounter. Women should wear modest dresses/skirts and blouses. There are wonderful fabrics available for sale and a national outfit can be custom made quickly. Most women wear head coverings to church (head wraps, hats, or scarves).
- Socially acceptable or expected footwear:
- Nice shoes for church (Cameroonian women love shoes). Sandals or flats, or walking shoes. Please keep your shoes clean. Cameroonians wash their shoes and are often shocked at the condition of many Expat's shoes. There is a proverb, "as you dress so shall you be perceived."
- Make sure to check the local weather before you travel! Anywhere in the world can be chilly! A light sweater will suffice and an umbrella for rainy season.
Things to Bring:
- Bottled water is readily available and most apartments/guest houses where you will be staying will have filtered water available.
- Bug Spray or wipes with Deet available in the camping department. Easy to transport.
- Any over-the-counter remedies, your toiletries. Toothpaste, shampoo, etc. are readily available but expensive.
- Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.) if you wish but cookies, chocolate, some chips, and especially peanuts are readily available.
- A small flashlight and small battery operated fan.
- A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
- Have a copy of your itinerary of your return flight (with your name on it) and a copy of your travel insurance paperwork easily accessible. It is always good to have a copy of your passport.
Things to Know:
- Be prepared to do without water, electricity or internet on occasion.
- There are few public restrooms so be prepared with tissues in your pocket.
- Notify your bank that you will be in Cameroon so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.